JAG is the Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy and in order to attain accreditation, the Centre must complete the JAG pathway. The process to gaining accreditation includes completion of the GRS census, an online assessment tool that enables endoscopy units to assess how well they provide a patient centred service. This is completed in both April and October, of which the unit must attain two consecutive scores of all Bs and As in order to apply for a JAG visit.
The JAG visit to the Endoscopy Centre
Prior to the one day visit, the centre had to provide evidence against the answers given in the census. This was a long process that saw Senior Sister of Endoscopy, Carol Robb and our Modern Matron working hard to gather the information over an 18 month period.
Following a rather intense assessment day consisting of a presentation on the unit, a walkthrough of a patient journey, a scope through the decontamination process and one-to-one interviews with staff, the visiting consultant and nurse assessor went away to make a decision and write up their report.
The report was then handed to the QA review panel, to approve the findings before the unit is notified by letter as to whether JAG accreditation will be awarded. The Endoscopy Centre were delighted to discover that the full criteria was met on the day and accreditation recommended!
What does this mean for The Endoscopy Centre?
The JAG accreditation not only represents the quality of the service we provide for patients but also the hard work of our multi-disciplinary team. However, the hard work never stops as following awarding the accreditation, it will be annually awarded. This is done through completion of the April census and an annual report card completed in October, with a five yearly visit.
What does this mean for our Patients?
Regulation of a clinical service is an important aspect to maintain to ensure the highest standards of quality are met. JAG accreditation means The Wellington can offer its patients a consistent